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Bit of Happy #127: What Are You Looking For?

23 Mar

“What you see depends on what you’re looking for.”
-Anonymous

At the very last minute, I found this quote, pretty much just as I was sitting down to write today’s entry. There’s a lot truth in this short phrase, and there’s a lot to be said. Have you ever heard of the sayings, ‘You only see what you want to’ or ‘You only hear what you want to hear’? Well, it’s very similar to the point that today’s quote is trying to make.

It is often that we don’t even realize we are choosing what we see and not see, hear and not hear, believe and not believe, do and not do. It’s usually not a conscious decision, but it’s the way our brain works. There’s constantly millions of little things tugging for attention from our senses. Like right now – the smell of dinner cooking that has crept down the hallway, the sound of my fan twirling above me, the rush of cars racing by, the soft feel of the blankets on my bed, the gentle breathing of my dog, the pressure on my ankles from her body, the various soreness or aches from my muscles, the computer screen, everything in the background… Are you getting the idea yet?

Constantly, I have things demanding my attention. If I weren’t writing this entry right now that is asking me to notice my surroundings, I probably wouldn’t have even acknowledged them in the first place. In order to focus on any one thing, we have to allow other things to fade into the background. It’s how our minds think without interruption. It’s how we get “in the zone,” despite what is going on outside of our world. Instead of opening our mind to everything that is around us, sometimes we find ourselves staying closed in to what we consider comfortable – “our bubble.” And that is the exact awareness that this Anonymous author is trying to bring out in the open.

Do you think it is positive to do this in life?

Do you think there may be a lot of missed opportunities with this attitude?

Do you think this results in close-mindedness? If so, how can we work towards breaking that barrier?

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Bit of Happy #90: Stand

31 Jan

“Stand”
by Rascal Flatts

All of us know what it’s like to feel alone. Helpless. Vulnerable. “Like a candle in a hurricane. Just like a picture with a broken frame.” Life comes with a lot of uncertainty. The unknown can be very overwhelming. One minute your traveling along a newly paved road, and the next you find yourself taking twists and turns down a beaten path with no end in sight. “Stand” by Rascal Flatts recognizes those bumps in the road, but also shows the strength and patience people have to find the next right turn.

“Because when push comes to shove,
You taste what you’re made of.
You might bend ’til you break,
Because it’s all you can take.

On your knees you look up,
Decide you’ve had enough.
You get mad, you get strong.
Wipe your hands, shake it off,
Then you stand.”

 

I had a hard time finding the song I wanted to share this week, but the moment I skimmed over “Stand” in my iTunes playlist, there was no question. The lyrics are pure and real. Like the sunlight through a dusty window, this song shines truth and strength, overpowering the uncertainty that life sometimes leads.

Life’s like a novel,
With the end ripped out.
The edge of a canyon,
With only one way down.

Take what you’re given,
Before its gone.
Start holding on,
Keep holding on.”

It expresses the fight and determination. The hope and appreciation. We all have it inside of us. Burning inside of us. Sometimes it’s not always easy to find, but once our search crosses paths with that passion, we never give up. We uncover a new direction. And we don’t stop until we are back up on our own two feet. This song has never failed to give me the inspiration I need to keep fighting when things get tough, and I hope it can do the same for you!

Happy Monday!

Bit of Happy #81: To Lie or to Tell the Truth

4 Jan

“What is better – a lie that draws a smile, or a truth that draws a tear?”
-Miracle on 34th Street

Definitely a great quote for discussion, the meaning within these words can be applied to countless situations. It wasn’t too long ago that I was talking with a friend about a situation that was more or less guided by this very question.

What’s better…

…to lie and avoid causing discomfort or unhappiness to the other person?

or…

…to tell the truth and risk hurting the other person?

It’s a difficult question. One where both parts have their benefits. And their detriments. But when it comes to my views, thoughts and opinions, I mostly run with the ‘honesty is the best policy’ type of mentality. Hurting someone is never easy. Knowing you’ve caused pain or sorrow is no walk in the park either.

But we too must think about what happens when we don’t tell the truth. When we keep our thoughts and feelings hidden. What good does it do for the other person? In the short term, it may spare them some time away from hurt. But in the end, the truth will always surface. And by then, the pain brought upon the other person could be much, much worse.

I’ve come across times in my life where the truth would only bring the person harm. Where there is no foreseen benefit. No chance for positive steps in the future. Where this truth will truly only bring dark storm clouds overhead, waiting to burst. So now the question is, do they deserve to know the truth despite the weight within those words? Or should you choose to keep it from them – blanket them in warmth and safety from the reality?

Unfortunately, I don’t have the answers to all of life’s questions. And I will dare to say that there may be certain situations that are better off living a lie. There may very well be exception to the rule. The only bit of advice I can give you from here is to follow your heart. Switch positions with the other person and contemplate what fate you would want for yourself. I have faith in you. As long as you keep the best interest of others in mind, I think you’ll be on the right track to making good decisions.

Happy Tuesday!

Bit of Happy #79: In Light of the New Year

31 Dec

“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.”
-Win Border

I’m sure there are certain things that you have put off doing this year, because for whatever reason, you felt that it wasn’t the right moment in time to do them. With a new year right around the corner (literally), I say we all take some advice from this quote. Make a change. Start new. Begin living. Experience everything you’ve been wanting to!

Just as this quote says, the truth is… that if you don’t start somewhere, you never will. You’ll wake up at ninety years old with creaky bones and wonder where all the time went. Wonder why you never made time for the things you always wanted to do.

I’m not disagreeing that there aren’t certain times for certain things. That sometimes it really is important to wait for the right moment. But for a lot of the other things, I think this quote has an incredible point and is perfect in light of the New Year. And with that said…

I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year!


Bit of Happy #70: I Run To You

20 Dec

“I Run To You”
by Lady Antebellum

Without a doubt, ‘I Run To You’ by Lady Antebellum is one of my favorite songs right now. I’d been planning all weekend for it to be today’s Music Quote Monday, and I – unfortunately – don’t own the song, nor do I hear it very often on the radio. But funny enough, as I was driving home from work today it came on 93.1, and I got really excited – so excited, I sang it at the top of my lungs.

Why do I love it so much? Well, aside from the incredibly talented country band that plays this song, I’m in love with the lyrics. ABSOLUTELY in love! Here are a few of my most favorite lines:

(And I apologize now that it’s practically the whole song.)

“When lies become the truth,
that’s when I run to you…

This world keeps spinning faster
Into a new disaster,
So I run to you, I run to you.
When it all starts coming undone,
You’re the only one I run to, I run to you.”

More than anything, I’m looking for this type of love described in the chorus – this type of support in a relationship. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of people in my life that love and care about me – that I could go to for anything, about anything without hesitation. While I’m ever grateful and fortunate that I have this type of support, I’m also excited to find someone. That one special person. The person I can run to for support. For protection. For advice. For love. For everything. And even in this crazy world that we live in, I would know when I open my eyes in the morning and close them at night… he’ll be there. It is something that I look forward to, but not necessarily need in this moment or anytime soon. He’ll come around when the time is right – now, or many, many days from now.

“We run on fumes, your life and mine,
Like the sands of time slippin’ right on through.
And our love’s the only truth,
That’s why I run to you…”

Of this verse, I especially love the last two lines. To be able to believe completely in another person. To be able to trust without an ounce of doubt. To be able to know someone better than you know yourself… well, to me, that’s something I could never take for granted a day in my life. Something I would never want to take for granted a day in my life. To achieve that type of closeness, that type of trust… I think I would consider myself to be the luckiest person in the world.

Now it’s your turn! Have a listen, and be sure to let me know what you think! I hope you like it as much, or even more than I do (though I don’t think that’s possible, lol).

Oh, and by the way… the music video is amazing! I hadn’t seen it until today when I was searching for a video of the song to post. Feel free to talk about what you can take from the video as well when you share your thoughts!

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great day!

Christmas Countdown: 5 more days!


Bit of Happy #65: If I Die Young

13 Dec

This summer, I went to a ‘Sunday In The Country’ concert with some girl friends of mine. There were a lot of great artists who played some of my favorite songs, along with some I’d never heard before. The one that stole the spotlight over all the others was ‘If I Die Young’ by The Band Perry. And it wasn’t just the song that stuck out to me, but also the comment that one of my friends made. There’s no denying the lyrics are terribly sad and unfortunate, but she told all of us that, “It makes me appreciate everything I have in life and grateful for each day I’m given.”

Her words really meant a lot to me and got me thinking about a lot of things. I listened to the lyrics closer after the concert and got the same type of inspiration she experienced. There are countless parts of the song that have me deeply moved, but to call out a few:

(Oh, and the video is down at the bottom today, so you may want to listen to it now, and then come back up to read my take on the song! Hope you like it.)

“Lord, make me a rainbow, I’ll shine down on my mother.
She’ll know I’m safe with you when she stands under my colors.”

I loved this part ever since I first heard it. So sweet. So innocent. And if anything ever happened to me, I’d like to imagine my mother under a beautiful rainbow for the rest of her days. She knows more than anyone that life isn’t butterflies and fairy-tales and understands how quickly it can be taken away.

And even with everything she’s been through, she pushes through the dark, gloomy grey into the bright sunlight each and every day. And because of her strength, she has taught me to find my own strength. Words cannot even begin to describe how much I love and appreciate her. How much I learn from her every day. She’s definitely one of the best things that has ever happened to me (and yes, I can say that).

“A penny for my thoughts.. Oh no, I’ll sell them for a dollar.
They’re worth so much more after I’m a goner.
And maybe then you’ll hear the words I been singin’,
Funny when you’re dead how people start listenin’.”

The truth in these lyrics is undeniable. In these short few lines, an important lesson is perfectly expressed, though sung in a grave, slightly frigid way. Howeveer, the too-late type of mentality that the song takes on makes the lyrics that much stronger. It makes you realize the weight of regret. The weight of ‘What-if’s. The weight of not listening to someone who has been calling out for you… and then dealing with the consequences of being too late.

The song’s power truly exists because of the role the lyrics convey. The perspective of  ‘all of the things you never got a chance to say or do’ proves that we need to live our lives with a little more compassion and sensitivity to others. That we need to say ‘I love you’ to the one’s we love, and not just say it but also show it. You know a song has amazing lyrics when it has given you chills by the end. At least that’s all the proof I need. The Band Perry‘s If I Die Young did just that and more. So have a listen, and let me know what you think!

Happy Monday, by the way! I hope the song found a special place in your heart, as it did mine.

Did you like today’s Music Quote Monday lyrics? What did they mean to you?

Bit of Happy #58: There’s No Guarantee

2 Dec

“Life comes without guarantee – except that smiling will brighten your face, laughing will enhance your eyes and falling in love will change your life.”
-Anonymous

Why am I so crazy about this quote?! Then again, how can you not be? It’s true that there’s no guarantee that life will be a walk in the park. Actually, you can almost guarantee that it won’t be. It’s messy, challenging and sometimes even seems unfair. WAY unfair. And this quote doesn’t stray away from the truth; however, it does take a step away from the uncertainties and a step toward some of the more optimistic aspects of life.

And if you ask me, that’s a pretty amazing way to be – to recognize the reality of the uncertainties that exist in life, but to NOT allow them to keep you from being happy. To NOT allow them to keep you from brightening your face with a smile, enhancing your eyes with a laugh and changing your life by falling in love.

Now do you see why I love, love, LOVE this quote?! I thought so.


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